TeachersFirst's Pi Day Resources

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate Pi Day and everything Pi through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you “circle around” Pi for one class or spend an entire unit on this very special number, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Here’s Pi in your eye!

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Find your Pi Day - Wolfram

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1 to 12
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Find My Pi Day is an educational tool designed to engage students in exploring the fascinating relationship between birthdays and the mathematical constant Pi. The website was created...more
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Find My Pi Day is an educational tool designed to engage students in exploring the fascinating relationship between birthdays and the mathematical constant Pi. The website was created to help people find when their birthday corresponds to the mathematical constant Pi. The website calculates and displays the digits of Pi and matches them with the digits in your birthday. This can be a fun way to celebrate Pi Day, which is observed on March 14th.

tag(s): pi (26)

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Integrating Find My Pi Day into your classroom offers a unique opportunity to engage students in exploring the fascinating world of Pi while enhancing their mathematical understanding. Engage and kickstart the exploration of Pi by using a collaborative whiteboard tool like Jamboard, reviewed here to do a graffiti board brainstorm. On the Jamboard show Pi's decimal representation and invite students to jot down everything they know or think about the number Pi as they see it, encouraging free expression and brainstorming! After students have shared connections to Pi on the 'graffiti board,' direct them to the TeachersFirst Special Topics page to learn more about Pi Day and its significance. You can create a virtual scavenger hunt using tools like Google Forms, reviewed here or Microsoft Forms, reviewed here where you can create tasks for them to search for specific information on the Pi Day website. Extend the learning experience by allowing students to investigate and research real-world applications of Pi in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They can present their findings with tools like Canva Education Templates, reviewed here or Prezi, reviewed here.

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Webquest: Pi Day - Suha Abu Subaih

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5 to 9
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Celebrate Pi Day or learn about Pi any day using the activities shared on this Pi Day WebQuest. Tasks take students on a journey of discovery that includes exploring the ...more
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Celebrate Pi Day or learn about Pi any day using the activities shared on this Pi Day WebQuest. Tasks take students on a journey of discovery that includes exploring the meaning and history of Pi and then challenges students to create a three to five-slide PowerPoint in response to the WebQuest's math journal questions.

tag(s): geometric shapes (136), measurement (125), pi (26), webquests (21)

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Share this WebQuest with students to explore Pi as a schema activator before teaching about Pi in your classroom or to complete as a group activity as part of your Pi Day celebrations. Use this WebQuest as a model for creating a Pi Day quest of your own using Zunal, reviewed here. Learn more about WebQuests by visiting TeachersFirst WebQuest 101, reviewed here that shares advice on creating and sharing WebQuests with students. Extend learning by asking students to create short animated video explanations instead of PowerPoint presentations using Animaker, reviewed here or Powtoon, reviewed here.

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All About the Holidays - PBS Learning Media

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K to 12
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer...more
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer holidays. Each section includes short videos explaining the history of the holiday. Learn about holidays such as Yom Kippur, Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, Father's Day, and many others! Each selection also includes links to standards along with additional links to supporting materials such as lesson plans or printable items. Not seeing a holiday you want such as 100 days of school? Use the search bar at the top!

tag(s): 100thday (9), back to school (63), chinese new year (5), christmas (37), cinco de mayo (10), easter (10), elections (80), fathers day (11), fire prevention (16), flag day (5), halloween (30), hanukkah (12), hispanic (28), holidays (167), july 4th (13), Juneteenth (22), kwanzaa (11), labor day (5), martin luther king (42), mothers day (13), new years (5), pi (26), presidents (122), rosh hashanah (7), st patricks day (11), thanksgiving (24), valentines day (12), veterans (20), womens suffrage (44), yom kippur (8)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for teaching material during holidays throughout the year. For each holiday use a bookmarking site such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share lesson materials, videos, and game sites for your students. Instead of worksheets or written reports, enhance student learning by asking them to create infographics sharing information about any holiday. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool that includes pre-made templates. Don't keep student learning to yourself, share their knowledge through holiday podcasts for your entire school and community to hear. Spotify for Podcastors (was Anchor), reviewed here, features many kid-friendly tools to get you started with creating and sharing podcasts.

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NCTM Illuminations Geometry Resources Grades 9-12 - NCTM

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9 to 12
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This portion of the Illuminations site contains over thirty geometry interactives and games for students in grades 9-12. These resources provide activities through problem-solving and...more
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This portion of the Illuminations site contains over thirty geometry interactives and games for students in grades 9-12. These resources provide activities through problem-solving and open-ended questions. All interactives include complete instructions, an exploration, and correlation to standards.

tag(s): area (52), flips (6), geometric shapes (136), logic (165), pi (26), probability (96), problem solving (226), pythagorean theorem (18), ratios (46), turns (3), volume (34)

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Keep this site with your professional favorites to find supporting technology and lessons for teaching geometry. As you find practice or extension ideas for student use or at home reinforcement, share specific links on your class web page or classroom computer center for students to access independently or as you assign them for needed practice. The full selection can be overwhelming for most parents, so share the specific areas that fit your curriculum.
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TeachersFirst's Math Resources for Algebra - Grade 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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6 to 8
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Peruse our collection of algebra resources for grades 6-8. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your ...more
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Peruse our collection of algebra resources for grades 6-8. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Find tools to use in pre-algebra and algebra class.

tag(s): data (148), number lines (33), order of operations (28), percent (58), pi (26)

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Introduce these resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share the resources on your class website for students to use for remediation or review. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Use these sites to differentiate for students in pre-algebra and algebra.

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Math in Real Life - TEDed

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6 to 12
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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and ...more
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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and winning at rock, paper, scissors. In addition to the video, each selection includes questions to enhance thinking and guided discussion options. Some videos also offer a Dig Deeper link with information on related resources. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): estimation (34), geometric shapes (136), money (119), movies (51), pi (26), place value (34), puzzles (143), riddles (16), shakespeare (92), simple machines (17), space (215), symmetry (27), video (257)

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Math in Real Life isn't just for math class! Find videos from this series for use in all subject areas. Use the questions, additional resources, and discussion available for each video. Create your own lesson using the "Customize This Lesson" link. Use this option to personalize video lessons for your classroom. Have students dig deeper into any of the content of videos, then extend their learning by challenging them to make a mashup using ytCropper, reviewed here.

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Math Resources for Algebra - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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8 to 12
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Explore this curated list of algebra resources for grades 9-12, chosen as the BEST by our editors. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics ...more
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Explore this curated list of algebra resources for grades 9-12, chosen as the BEST by our editors. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): data (148), number lines (33), percent (58), pi (26), quadratics (26), ratios (46)

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Share these resources on your class website for students to use for remediation or review. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Use these sites to differentiate.

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Math Art for Kids: Pi Skyline - Patria Lincoln

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K to 5
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Combine math and art with this excellent Pi Day (or anytime) activity! Follow the easy instructions to draw, cut, and graph your way to represent the digits of Pi. Visual ...more
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Combine math and art with this excellent Pi Day (or anytime) activity! Follow the easy instructions to draw, cut, and graph your way to represent the digits of Pi. Visual learners will enjoy the many images demonstrating how to create the skyline.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (169), pi (26), STEM (267)

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Create a classroom display with all of your students' Pi Day Skylines. Take this idea and apply it to other number series. Have students take pictures of their creations. Then show them how to embed media transforming their work into a true digital story using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Math Monday - National Museum of Mathematics

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6 to 12
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos)...more
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos) to put the concept into action. Sample topics include hula hoop geometry, large stars, mathematical quilting, and much more. Subscribe to the RSS feed to view new topics each Monday using the link at the top of the page. (Or add the feed to your Flipboard account if you have a tablet.) There is also a very long list of archives to explore and try!

tag(s): colors (64), fractions (159), geometric shapes (136), origami (15), pi (26), puzzles (143)

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Share articles with students and replicate activities included in the article. Share the video demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Transform learning and challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos sharing problem solving techniques used during these lessons. Use a video creation tool such as MoocNote, reviewed here to create interactive lessons (can embed quizzes and documents), or Edpuzzle, reviewed here. Use activities in the article as inspiration for Math night activities or Math Fair projects.

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Numberphile - Brady Haran

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7 to 12
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Are you interested in numbers? This site has a variety of videos about math theories that are at the forefront of research. Easy, understandable language presents each topic, and this...more
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Are you interested in numbers? This site has a variety of videos about math theories that are at the forefront of research. Easy, understandable language presents each topic, and this is an entertaining way for anyone to learn fascinating facts about numbers. The Numberphile covers a very broad scope of topics such as Why do people hate mathematics, AMAZING Dice Rolls, and Sounds of PI. Videos vary in length, although most remain well under 15 minutes. Even those who believe they are not good at math will like learning interesting facts about numbers. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the conversation starters and other videos on classroom computers. Use the search bar to find specific topics faster

tag(s): calculators (37), negative numbers (12), number lines (33), numbers (119), pi (26), prime numbers (26), video (257)

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Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector as wonderful math journal and discussion starters. Choose a video about an interesting number fact that can be used to hook students into a particular lesson or unit. Use the videos to show the fascinating side of mathematics. For example, 666 and its peculiarity in mathematics would be interesting to students. Make a math enrichment center for your gifted students or "hook" math-haters (or girls) by letting them select and critique their own video choice from this site. Embed a video on your class wiki and have students use the discussion tab to comment on what they like about it or were surprised to learn. Use in your blended classroom by flipping and having students view the videos at home to discuss the next day in class. (This is a great option if YouTube is blocked in your school.) Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and their families) to access at home. Modify learning by having students make their own advertising videos about their favorite or "lucky" number using a tool such as MoocNote, reviewed here, where students can embed questions, comments, and polls into videos. Then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Mr. Honner - Math Appreciation - Patrick Honner

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8 to 12
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Mr. Honner's blog is an entertaining and informative blog related to all things math (particularly high school math). Categories of the blog include Art, Challenge, Geometry, Photography,...more
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Mr. Honner's blog is an entertaining and informative blog related to all things math (particularly high school math). Categories of the blog include Art, Challenge, Geometry, Photography, and Resources. A quick look under each of the topics finds many interesting posts along with pictures of classroom activities and reflections on the learning. Top Posts are listed on the side column for a quick look at what others have found interesting including a mobius battle, math haiku, and a custom pi necklace. Be sure to subscribe to the blog by using the RSS feed link near the top of the page. To find what you're looking for faster, use the search bar.

tag(s): blogs (65), logic (165), photography (118), pi (26), social networking (65)

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Use this blog as a resource for finding new classroom activities such as the custom pi necklace mathematical Valentine. (Use the search bar near the top of the page to find these items if not found on the home page.) Have students complete activities found on the site then extend their knowledge by challenging them to create an online graphic to share using Kleli, reviewed here. Share the site with your art teacher for collaborations in art and math classes.

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Better Explained Archives - Kalid Azad

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9 to 12
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The main idea of the site is that one needs to understand math; it is not just learned or memorized, and the explanations form the basis of understanding. Topics include ...more
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The main idea of the site is that one needs to understand math; it is not just learned or memorized, and the explanations form the basis of understanding. Topics include Mental Math shortcuts, discovering pi, different bases, and much more. The founder of this site stated: "I want to share hard-won "a ha!" moments in clear and simple language. Even Math shortcuts are fun, I promise." Many of the explanations aren't quite as "clear and simple" as students may like; however, there are a great number of topics explored on the site and they are worth the time to break apart and discuss as a class. Not finding your topic? I know, this is a long list of links. Use the search bar; for example, type in pi and find well over two dozen links for pi.

tag(s): exponents (35), mental math (18), number sense (70), pi (26), problem solving (226), pythagorean theorem (18), square roots (15), statistics (116), vectors (16)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Choose the appropriate topic, explore the explanation as a class, and then ask students to provide an explanation in their own words. Transform learning by challenging students to create their own multimedia presentation of one of the topics presented on the site using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, and Acast.

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Pi Day - 314 Solutions, Inc

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7 to 12
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This website aims to be the online hub for everything related to Pi, and to promote fun with math! Although a portion of the site contains links to shopping for ...more
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This website aims to be the online hub for everything related to Pi, and to promote fun with math! Although a portion of the site contains links to shopping for Pi-related items, there are many valuable resources within the site to use in the classroom. Beginners can learn about Pi through the short explanation at the Learn About Pi link. Under the Celebrate Pi tab, be sure to look at Ways to Celebrate Pi Day for ten classroom ideas - suggestions include eating pie, contests for memorizing the most digits, Pi research ideas, and more.
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tag(s): flips (6), pi (26), puzzles (143), vocabulary (236)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site on their own, with a group, or in your blended class have them explore at home. Use some of the ideas on the site when celebrating Pi Day in your classroom. Share the site with students as a resource for Pi research projects.

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The Joy of Pi - David Blatner

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7 to 12
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Math lovers have been known to celebrate the Joys of Pi, and this website offers many opportunities for celebration! The site is based on David Blatner's book of the same ...more
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Math lovers have been known to celebrate the Joys of Pi, and this website offers many opportunities for celebration! The site is based on David Blatner's book of the same name; however, it contains many links and resources for learning about Pi. The most in-depth portion is the links section which contains a long list of Pi links around the web such as Pi History, Pi Mysteries, and Fun with Pi. Who knows, you may want to follow the link to purchase a Pi tie!

Caution: there is a link to American Pi which is a spoof on the movie, American Pie, and may contain some adult themes.

tag(s): pi (26)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. A good activity for this introduction is to complete the matchstick activity as a class (you could have students or small groups of students draw their answer on an index card to show you). Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Enhance student learning by asking teams to report back on interesting Pi facts or information found using a video explanation tool like Flip, reviewed here. Flip provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. Include The Joy of Pi site with your Pi Day celebrations!

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Library Presentations - Free Club Web

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K to 5
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This website provides free PowerPoint presentations on various topics relating to library use and research skills. Some of the specific topics include Marc Brown, dictionary definitions,...more
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This website provides free PowerPoint presentations on various topics relating to library use and research skills. Some of the specific topics include Marc Brown, dictionary definitions, Dewey decimal system, tall tales, and others. Specific subjects include Science, Math, Social Studies, interactive games, and other resources. You may need PowerPoint software on your computer to view these files, depending upon how the site creators saved them. This site has heavy advertising at the top of the landing page. Scroll down to find the presentations.
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tag(s): addition (128), air (105), angles (51), folktales (34), literacy (110), moon (71), parts of speech (40), pi (26), punctuation (25), reading comprehension (142), solar system (109), sun (70), writing (318)

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Get your interactive whiteboard or projector ready and use these wonderful FREE resources in your classroom or library/media center. If you are planning to assign a research project or book reports, these shows may help prepare your elementary students. The site includes a disclaimer asking to be notified if users find any unauthorized, copyrighted material. TeachersFirst recommends that you NOT download copies but instead use them online, just in case.

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Graphics for the Calculus Classroom - Douglas N. Arnold

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10 to 12
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This site provides first year calculus students and teachers with a collection of helpful graphics illustrating a variety of important concepts including differentials and differences,...more
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This site provides first year calculus students and teachers with a collection of helpful graphics illustrating a variety of important concepts including differentials and differences, Archimedes calculation of pi, the number e, secants and tangents, and much more. Each graphic is accompanied by an overview and description.

tag(s): pi (26)

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Use your projector or whiteboard to go over the graphics and concepts on this Calculus site. Then extend and modify learning by asking students to choose a graphic to upload (with proper credit, of course) to Google Drawings, reviewed here, to demonstrate understanding of the concept, Google Drawings allows you to annotate an image with links to videos, text, websites, and more. Not familiar with Google Drawings? Watch an archived OK2Ask session to learn how to use: OK2Ask Google Drawings, here.

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Infinite Secrets - WGBH

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9 to 12
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What can you do with infinity or pi? While most secondary math curricula are content to merely define them, there's more to the story. Here's a site that explains the ...more
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What can you do with infinity or pi? While most secondary math curricula are content to merely define them, there's more to the story. Here's a site that explains the efforts of Archimedes to identify and explain both terms. Math teachers with an eye toward history will no doubt find a way to integrate some of this material into an interesting class.

tag(s): pi (26)

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Before using this site, you may want to assess what students know about infinity and pi. Put together an assessment asking about basic information using a tool like Vevox, reviewed here, where you can use a variety of formats including multiple choice, open-ended, star rated, and numeric Then choose a topic for students preview for words they don't know and create flashcards using Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, replacing paper and pen with a digital flashcard creator. Have students continue in this manner for other topics. After completion of the exercise, ask students to reflect on their learning using Flip, reviewed here. Flip allows students to share video responses through collaborative comments and discussions. Augument learning by requiriing students to comment on at least 3 other students learning reflections. Be sure you've coached students in proper discussion etiquette whether online or in class.

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Pi Land - Eve Andersson

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7 to 12
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Have fun exploring Pi with this math site! Play Pi Trivia to test your knowledge of Pi, use the Pi Trainer to test your memory, or discover poems, photos and ...more
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Have fun exploring Pi with this math site! Play Pi Trivia to test your knowledge of Pi, use the Pi Trainer to test your memory, or discover poems, photos and more all representing Pi. The site is divided into three sections - fun activities, aesthetics, and nerd stuff- making it easy to explore.

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In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to explore on their own. Use the poems, photos, and other aesthetics as examples, then have students create their own Pi aesthetics to share on your classroom website or blog. Have a class competition to see who can memorize the most digits in Pi after training with the Pi memory trainer.

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